How to cook thin cut pork chops in an air fryer
Air fried thin cut pork chops
Naturally a lot here depends with exactly *how* thin your pork is. These from Kroger were probably close to a quarter inch – super thin. As such they took just four minutes. If you have thicker pieces of pork, cook longer and always use a thermometer. I like 360F as the temp to keep the cooking time quick, but not drying out the pork too much For regular pork chops check out this guide.
Thin cut pork chops are a healthy protein choice that work well in a number of dishes; they also cook up exceedingly quickly and simply when using an air fryer. There's no splatter or mess either too - when comapred with pan frying.
- Thin cut pork chops
- Preheat air fryer to 360F
- Season pork chops as required
- Cook pork for four minutes
- Turn once half way through cooking
- Allow meat to rest for one to two minutes after coming out of the air fryer
We used the COSORI to air fry this (affiliate link, we get a fee), always check your food with a good kitchen thermometer.
Ideas for side dishes for pork
Looking for some inspiration on what to serve with thin cut pork? Check out some of these other popular air fryer recipes for a great side option:
- Air fryer French fries
- Brussels sprouts
- Crispy brocolli
- Frozen French fries
- Hasselback potato
- Roast potatoes
- Shishito peppers
- Sweet potato wedges
Air frying different cuts of pork
This website and all recipes are presented as a reference only. Many variables may influence your own cooking times. Read this info on using our recipes.
Please scroll to the bottom of the page if you'd like to comment on this recipe, suggest an improvement or otherwise. You can also join our Facebook Air Frying group to talk to other like minded air frying enthusiasts!
One inch thick pork chops are NOT thin cut.
She said quarter inch NOT 1 inch.
Haha smart a**
Pork chops came out perfect…… And I don’t know how to cook. Thank God for the air fryer and Google😂😂😂
Thanks for letting us know this worked for you Keith 🙂
How do I pre heat my air fryer 🤣🤣
You just put the air fryer on for 5 mins without anything in there.
Mine has a pre-heat setting. I set the temp, then the total time for cooking, then “start”. It beeps when the pre-heat ends, then I add the food. I spray before turning it on, and it works, though no recipe ever mentioned whether to spray before or after pre-heating.
I usually apply any spray direct to the food rather than the fryer, but only rarely. Most stuff has plenty fat content by itself, pork included 🙂
Looking forward to recipes for my new air fryer
One of the best investments I reckon Arnold, but I might be biased 🙂
Hi it also took me about 10 minutes to cook them. I had the exact same package of chops from kroger and i ore heated my air fryer for about 4 minutes but i do like my chops well done so maybe thats why it took longer lol thanks anyway for the help tho
What brand and model air fryer did you use Xavier?
Okay Karen, leave Stuart alone. He’s not harming anyone with his wonderful recipe. All air fryers cook at different temps/times. Take the recipes with a grain of salt & Welcome to the internet 😉
Thanks Ria, it’s always worth underscoring how each fryer varies from the next – hopefully these recipes are good jumping off points for most people to then dial in for their exact fryer.
Hey! My name IS Karen… and I feel like folks are taking my name in vain! And, darn it, I’m a good cook and love to treat my family and friends with love from my kitchen. All this name disparaging hurts my feelings! Think about it, RIA!!
And now, I’m going to air fry breaded thin pork chops, my Polish Grandmother’s recipe:
1) Trim the chops of fat.
2) Sprinkle (not too generously because they could be too salty) with Lawry’s seasoning salt and let set for a few minutes.
3). Dredge the chops I flour…(I’ve tried duplicating the seasoning in the flour by adding paprika, celery seasoning and a little garlic powder to intensify the flavor w/o the added salt.
4). Dip the floured chops in an half & half egg/milk wash – how many eggs and milk depends on how many chops you’re frying or air frying.
5). Last, dredge and press panko into the chops and place on a cake rack and let set for a few minutes.
6). Spray both sides w/ canola oil.
6). My grandmother, Genievefka, fried then in oil, but I’m trying to air fry them for the first time.
7). Hope that air frying them will produce something as scrumptious as Grandmother’s.
I’ll let y’all know❣️
exactly what i needed and they came out perfect. no more rubbery thin chops! THANK YOU!!!
Thanks for confirming Tatiana, its always great to hear the recipes hit the mark!
This took way longer than 4 minutes. I had to keep putting them back in. I wish ppl would do their research first and try it before they put these recipes on the internet.
Sorry to hear they didn’t work out right Karen. There are absolutely a lot of variables here – your own air fryer, how much you put in etc. The thickness of the pork is the critical item though. For regular pork chops I can cook as long as 10 minutes at a little higher temp of 380F.
I do test the recipes over and over before I post them, indeed I mainly the site as my own online cookbook to refer to. I don’t post until I get the result I like. I’ve since cooked these chops a few times following the same steps.
Do let us know the thickness of your pork, your air fryer and your final cook time, so others might be able to follow your steps.
Are you sure you had THIN pork chops? You don’t need more than 8-10 min total or they dry up into dust.
Okay Karen… it worked for everybody else.
Actually it wasn’t done in 4 minutes for me.
Thanks, I’m a new user and fixing them tonight. I like your answer.
Same. Its taken me like 16 min so far
It seems that out of all of these comments, Karen was the only one who failed at their task.
Absolutely perfect. Pay no attention to the Karen that clearly didn’t pay much attention to the cut of the pork. I will never cook thin cut boneless chops any other way. Thank you!!
I did pay attention to the cut and it wasn’t done in 4 minute.
Can you use bone in 1/4” pork chops?
I don’t see why not, though you might need to adjust times. I’d make sure you have a good kitchen thermometer, then test the temp as you go along.
Thank you so much Stuart for the recipe, they turned out fantastic 😁
Thank you for the info. They were quick and easy and turned out great!
So glad to hear this worked for you Laura, thanks for letting us know.
Stuart, this may be a really silly question but I am about to order some very thinly cut pork loin slices… not a pork chop… I don’t know what the thickness is because I’m ordering online atm… obviously they will take less time but you won’t be able to stick a thermometer into them I don’t think… how would you recommend air frying them?
Hi Kat – how thin are we talking? I wouldn’t have thought there would be any difference in time between pork loin slices and pork chops. The density of meat is still roughly the same – thickness is the main issue with the air fryer.
I am about to us this recipe, will let you guys know how they came out.
Took me up to 13 mins and my pork chops are very than. I am new to air frying. It could be my fryer I really don’t know. But then end result was great. Very tasty still very moist.
That seems a really long time Joyce. How thick was the pork, was the fryer preheated? How many did you cook at once, why brand fryer?
I did 10 minutes 5 minute turn and they came out nice and tender and juicy 🙌👌
Do you recommend using parchment paper under the pork chops?
I’ve never bothered Larry. Any protein, pork included will leave some charred/fat/juice residue behind but I don’t mind quickly scrubbing that off after cooking. Thin cut pork cooks fast so the mess is relatively minimal. If you want to keep your fryer exceptionally pristine, parchment paper can of course help (though be careful as always!)
Mine are thin cut (approx 1/4″) with a small bone and they were still pretty raw after 4 mins. This is using a Ninja oven air fryer.
Every air fryer is different for sure, which is why I always recommend getting a great kitchen thermometer (see link above). Also be sure to pre-heat your air fryer to temperature first as well.
Air fryers are like microwaves in the sense that some cook way better and or faster than others. This is a guide. Always use a thermometer . Thank you for taking your time to help guide us through our air frying journey 😁
Bone on makes a difference in the cooking time.
…I’m new to this I plan to Cook 6 thin pork chops in my Gourmia air fryer any tips or tricks?
My number one recommendation for all air frying is get a good kitchen thermometer, see the links above. That way you can cook anything you like, a few minutes at a time and see how long your particularly air fryer takes to cook the item – they’re all a bit different. The thermometer helps take the guesswork out of it 🙂
My boneless pork loin chops were just under 1/2”. I used my Ninja Foodi Dual basket following the recipe recommendations. They were PERFECT.
What is the temp of the meat when cooked completely. It never says the internal temp of the chop to make sure it is done.
Hi Tammy, here’s the FDA guidelines for cooking temps – https://www.fda.gov/food/people-risk-foodborne-illness/meat-poultry-seafood-food-safety-moms-be
Stuart….can you tell us which Air Fryer you use for these recipes? I have a Ninja.
Of course! I use the Cosori 5.8 quart model.
I cooked my thin chops 6 minutes and they were great. Thank you for the recipe and guidance.
I preheated my air fryer as usual, my pork chops are a quarter inch thick, fast fry thin pork loin chops they are called and they are raw at 4 minutes so not sure how this recipe worked for others.
What brand and model of fryer do you have Lori? This recipe was cooked in the Cosori 5.8 QT air fryer.
Omigoodness!! When I flipped my thin pork loin chops at 2 minutes, I thought no way will 4 minutes be enough. But they are perfect , 4 minutes not a second more not a second less.
They were buy one get one free, and I don’t mind fixing these every night for four nights just with different sides. Tonight is yellow rice a black beans. So yummy!!
I use this recipe a lot. I do have to cook mine a little longer though.